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Paul Heimowitz

Paul is the terrestrial invasive species program manager within the Biological Threats and Invasive Species Program of the Ecosystems Mission Area. He coordinates research on prevention, detection, monitoring, control, and other management priorities addressing a wide range of terrestrial plants (e.g., cheatgrass and tamarisk) and animals (e.g., Burmese python and brown tree snake).  

Paul has nearly 25 years of experience working on invasive species prevention, detection, control, and outreach at regional, national, and international levels. Paul began his conservation career working on oil spill response, damage assessment, and habitat restoration with the state of Washington. He then took a Sea Grant Extension position with Oregon State University that shifted his focus to biological invasions. He came to USGS in 2022 after nearly 20 years working as an invasive species specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region. While with USFWS, Paul’s roles included leading development of a first-of-its-kind regional invasive species prevention policy, coordinating the creation of a rapid response plan and exercise program for invasive mussels in the Columbia River Basin, and co-founding the Northwest Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network. He is a graduate of the USFWS Advance Leadership Development Program.